Plays well with others.
Meatloaf wins us over time and again — and not just because it’s a classic comfort food. We consider meatloaf the ultimate team player. One, it’s unfussy. Two, it goes with a lot of side dishes. Three, you can totally plan a dinner around the sides and then decide to whip up a meatloaf (or defrost one if you've really planned ahead). Here are 10 favorite side dishes, which happen to round out hearty meatloaf very well.
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Butter, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and garlic amp up the flavor of these creamy mashed potatoes. Recipe creator Christina C notes you can make it the day before, sprinkle with extra Parmesan and butter, and reheat in the oven.
2. Italian Peas
This recipe should be the reason you keep peas in the freezer. "Wow, I was surprised at how good this simple recipe turned out," says GodivaGirl. "My family has never been a fan of peas, so I was looking for a way to make them taste a little different. This recipe was it."
Serve this rich and creamy mac and cheese with meatloaf for a meal that seriously satisfies.
Bacon crumbles gives Brussels sprouts an edge, even when up against meatloaf.
Choose these starchy, savory carrots over French fries, and no one will complain. "One of my guests said the carrots were 'off the chain!' The flavor was amazing," says recipe creator Pamela J Hagen-French.
You can serve this healthy, top-rated broccoli as is, or follow the lead of reviewers who've added Parmesan, garlic, and red pepper flakes for a flavor boost.
"Try these absolutely crispy, creamy, and garlic-infused melting potatoes for a quick and easy weeknight side dish," says recipe creator Fioa.
Reviewers call this cheesy dish a suitable sub for mashed potatoes — even kids approve.
"I loved this creamed spinach. Most of all my kids ate it all up. I will be making this again." — Patty Per
These green beans produce a lot of juice, much to the advantage of the meatloaf it's sharing a plate with.